Epiphany Center Celebrates Successful Circle of Security Participants
July 28, 2014
On July 23, 2014, Epiphany Center staff gathered to celebrate three women who had successfully completed the agency’s new eight-week Circle of Security program. A relationship based early intervention program, Circle of Security helps parents see their children’s emotional needs and reflect on their own responses to those needs. “I appreciate the opportunity to offer this group to these wonderful women,” says Epiphany Center Parenting Counselor Cheryl Sundheim. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.
During the special ceremony, each woman stood up to be honored individually by program leader Cheryl Sundheim and presented with an official Certificate of Attendance. “Congratulations! This certificate shows that you accept all of the rights and responsibilities of being a good enough parent,” she said.
One participant began the program while she was pregnant, and then took a break, and returned after having had her baby. “It’s amazing! Babies have a whole other non-verbal language to express their different needs. I love that I can now watch my baby and differentiate when ‘he may need his cup filled’ and when he may need time to explore.”
Another participant remarked what she liked about Circle of Security was its applicability not just to the parent-child relationship but to all of her relationships, including those with other clients and her sisters. “The program gave me the tools to be a better person with everyone. I was in the hospital recently and one of the clients visited me and we had a ‘be with’ moment. Simply being able to recognize how precious these quiet little moments with others are is amazing. It’s a result of my participation in Circle of Security, and I’m so grateful,” she says.
The lovely ceremony was brought to a sweet end with homemade cheesecake baked by Cheryl. Director of Children’s Services Sister Fran Kearny said, “We are so grateful for the willing participants who enabled us to realize our longtime dream of offering Circle of Security at the agency. We thank Sister Estela, the catalyst for Circle of Security. We thank the Fund Development Office for raising the funds necessary to launch the program. And, we thank Cheryl for her wonderful spirit and leadership.”
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